Do you love playing with slime? We do! there is something really therapeutic about it…the squishy texture or the way it stretches, one minute its runny and stringy and another firm and bouncy. We also love experiments that have an element of surprise and even magic (if you haven’t already check out our HOT ice experiment or erupting volcano) so when I came across the magnetic slime, I knew instantly that we have to try it! It was amazing, we were both astounded by it as was the rest of the family!! It was quick to make, once I figured out how much stuff to put in, I have never made a homemade slime before so first two attempts ended up in a bin! so if you are an experienced slime maker you will have this ready in no time!
I need to stress that this is not an activity for little children who still tend to put things in their mouth as the magnets and the magnetic powder are not safe to inhale. I do not want to scare you as it is amazing experiment and you will have loads of fun playing with it and finding all the different ways it moves, just be vigilant and wash their hands after play. Teddy is 2.5 years old, he does not usually put things into his mouth but I always let him play with it only under my supervision.
- 100 ml of school glue / PVA glue, we used PVA glue from a pound shop but you can get some here: UK USA
- 2 tsp of Laundry starch, we used powder, this one: UK , USA you can substitute with liquid starch USA
- neodymium magnets (you need these as normal ones are not strong enough) we got ours on eBay, there is loads of links for different prices
Empty the 100 ml of glue into a bowl and mix in the magnetic powder
The best way to make it is to just get your hands stuck in and knead it like you would knead a dough, you can add little bit more starch if its still too runny but do not over do it, it takes time to make it. Here is a video of me making it and this is exactly how it should look like, it looks still very sticky but in the same time I’m able to take it off my hands easily, it only took another minute of working it before it was ready:
To see its ready you will be able to mould it into a ball but in the same time stretch it long way as Teddy is doing on this picture!
We had loads of fun making the slime rise toward the magnets, move in different directions, almost like dancing. If you haven’t seen already, have a look at our video on Facebook: Mama and son time Facebook page